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San Francisco 8, John Gallagher 5, Lee Barnett 3, Michael Mafey 3, Leo Madrid 2, Cisco 2, Tim Doherty 2, Emily Burnett 2, Michael Mofey 2, Us 2, The City 2, Lee Burnett 2, Navy 2, Honda 2, Wallace Levin 1, Creighton Reed 1, David Adams 1, Legion 1, Rso 1, Ba 1,
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    November 17, 2012
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has clients, an appointee of our board president. if you look at the historic preservation commission, maybe not everybody but the bulk of the people on the commission are in the land use world and have clients. these are all professionals who do their best to act with complete integrity of these commissions. conflict of interest are always present for any public official and we are all very careful about that, and we recuse ourselves when necessary. i had the opportunity to meet with mr. honda and i have heard very good things about him. he seems very committed to san francisco, understands the issues and would be a valuable member of the board of appeals. i support the nomination. >> supervisor kim: we have a motion approving the mayor's
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appointment of mr. honda the board of appeals. one of the most important qualities is someone who can listen; that was brought up by our last speaker. it is important to have someone who has spent time in multiple sectors. the community offers that place; you have a background as a realtor, that it is owner; it is hard to quantify or qualify the ability to listen. i think that is something our neighbors want to see as we come up with issues that are emotional. is also great to have another san francisco native on the
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board of appeals as well. i'm happy to support the motion. we do have a motion to amend. we can do that without opposition. (gavel). we have a motion to move the item forward to the full board. it won't be heard until the first tuesday in december; i urge you to reach out to the board of supervisors as well. it will be helpful to sit down with the city attorney about any other kind of potential conflicts that may arise and you can think about this in advance. we have a motion that we can do that without opposition. thank you. (gavel) call item number two. >> (reading) >> supervisor kim: this appointee is nominated but our supervisor in district 8, tim doherty, this is a
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reappointment. supervisor wiener? >> i think earlier this year i nominated tim dougherty to the bicycle committee and he was confirmed; he is highly qualified and an active member of the advisory committee. he fill the remainder of the term. he is up for a full new term. it did not receive confirmation of the hearing until early this week and he's actually in los angeles at a bicycle related conference. he has done a great job on the advisory committee and i would like to forward to the board subject of the public comment. >> supervisor kim: you like to speak, please step up. seeing none, public comment is now closed.
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normally it is approximate list committee to have the individual speak but a)this is a reappointment, and second, is a nomination of the supervisor and the supervisor is here on his behalf. we have a motion, tim doherty, seat 8. we have a motion we can do that without a position. (gavel) please call item number three. >> (reading) >> supervisor kim: we did hear this item already at the november 1 meeting. and number of applicants could not make it. we want to give them an opportunity to come forward today. if you have spoken to the rules committee, the houses change. i did state that you would not have to come back on the rules committee today if you have already spoken. i did want to give an opportunity to those who were
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not able to make it; i know that we have one new applicant here. for these seats. i will first call leo madrid, our newest application. the format is the same; speak briefly about your background as it relates to this appointment and what you would be interested in pursuing and prioritizing. >> i joined the military out of high school, served in the u.s. navy for 10 years. my last duty station was nas alameda across the bay; it was one of the last commands. as a young sailor and visited san francisco. i live in san francisco for 15 of the last 20 years, and until
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early this year i did not have any idea that that world war ii building had anything to do with the veterans committee. to me it was always the art center, and i thought the veterans name was more ceremonial than anything else. early this year began volunteering full-time there at the veterans building, and became an integral member of the american legion. i am the eight district historian, and appointed commander of post 36. the president of the veterans affairs commission, eddie ramirez, i had similar training in organizational development and strategic planning. i attended most, not all, of the veterans affairs commission
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meeting this year. i videotaped several for historical reasons. one of the things that i see the commission can really use is an element of team strategic planning. the veterans community itself is very fragmented. i am a member of the american legion, veterans for peace, and amvet, and none of them work together. many times and have an internecine community where the veterans work against the best interest of the group rather than towards it. i kind of already and doing the job. i attend the meetings. i will continue to attend the meetings in support of the veterans affair commission in any way possible. to the biggest problems plaguing both the san francisco community and the veterans community is homelessness and suicide prevention problems. yesterday at approximately 2 p.m., at veteran walking to the veterans building, very
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distraught. his face in the present in the veterans building on a number of different occasions. yesterday he opened up his wrist, and bled out all over the hallway in the veterans building. to me this is a travesty. the believe in the community where this happens. the veterans building has over 30,000 square feet of space allocated towards veterans uses, for the most part it is empty. there is a milestone in front of us, the building will be closing down four two year seismic renovation; during that time the american legion we relegate the temporary headquarters. with the building opens up we are still faced with a similar problem. i will make it a priority of
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mine to help establish suicide and homelessness prevention programs that dovetail with the va efforts. right now the city is overtaxed. i read somewhere that 25 million dollars are spent on veteran alcohol issues. i dedicated nearly my full-time. i sacrifice my own direction as an entrepreneur, our livelihood and hopefully help revitalize his community or be part of the solution and i will continue to do that. i know there are a lot of great candidates. is not this appointship, maybe
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next time we'll see me again. >> supervisor kim: thank you. i see no questions from colleagues. thank you. i did let our applicants know that did not speak last week, i welcome them to not attend again given they already spoke, but if you are here and want to speak to the new committee members i invite you to do so. emily burnett. david adams. mary -- john gallagher. michael -- we did have two individuals that would through their applications. i'm sorry one applicant.
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creighton reed already let us know that he could not make it. he was also not here at the last meeting. you have two minutes. >> good afternoon supervisors. i'm wallace levin. i am a longtime member of the veterans affairs commission. i feel it would be in the best interest of the city and county of san francisco and the veterans affairs commission if for the first time in the almost 30 year history of the commission that an attorney veteran, veteran staff member of the county veterans service office, and a city college student veteran be appointed to the commission. michael -- is a veteran and
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still reserves in the navy reserve as a jag officer. john gallagher was a marine. and a san francisco county veterans service office. leo burnett was in the navy an is an officer in the city college. 1500 are now attending classes at the city college. he would bring a direct contact with these veterans. all three are young and would bring much-needed knowledge, experience and expertise to the veterans affairs commission. with the addition of these outstanding candidates, the veterans affairs commission will be much more able to move forward our mandate to act in the best interest of veterans. thank you. >> supervisor kim:
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thank you very much. >> good afternoon committee members. i am steven - secretary of veterans affairs commission, here to speak essentially to underline the same three recommendations made by commissioner levin a moment ago. these three candidates if you mentioned bring unique capabilities and qualifications to the veterans affairs commission. as an attorney, michael mafey [sounds like] has worked with the incarcerated veterans a lot in san mateo jail and so on. one of the initiatives that we have taken in the past year, i continue to press for, is the establishment of the veterans court in the city of seven cisco such as they have in san
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diego and other places. their very successful. michael is a tremendous resource to help make this a reality. he will be very helpful on the commission. john gallagher, he has contact with hundreds and hundreds of veterans and the city who seek services through the va and the state of california, and brings a unique perspective. and his young gentleman, lee burnett is a great resource because of his connections with the universities and so on. there is another seat that will be opening up; i'm sure the committee is aware of it, it is not open now. because of his resignation. some of the other qualified candidates will have opportunity in the future. >> supervisor kim: thank you for being here again. >> my name is dottie -- i am in
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the seven cisco affairs commission, also work in the oakland center. i have nothing else to say because they took out all of the words from my mouth. michael -- and lee burnett, would be perfect additions to the commission. >> supervisor kim: thank you commissioner. >> thank you. my name is john -- and member of the veterans affairs commission. i was appointed in january, 2007, by the board of supervisors and endeavor to honor that appointment and attended every single meeting of the veterans affairs commission. i appreciate - one of the reasons i wanted to come before you - was to thank you.
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in the last two years we have seen more diverse education than ever before. no longer is a chair and white person. i look forward to the day when we have a president that is female, and that is coming. for the first time we have four women's veterans and we have the women's caucus and the commission. there are a number of issues that we have to address as veterans. i want to thank you first and foremost for the last two years of these appointments of new blood and i want to talk him half of michael mafey. i apologize for the casual attire, but i need to be a walking billboard of the sacrifices made by our veterans. michael mafey has seen 70+ veterans who are incarcerated and need help. we need a veterans court. the other applicant like to
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speak on behalf of is lee barnett. i think these two would be great additions. it is also with a sad heart, because i have come to speak on behalf of other applicants, but i need to speak against an appointment, leo madrid. >> you can finish a sentence. >> -- riddled with deception, hidden agendas. he accuses one group of indirectly being responsible for hundreds of thousands of veteran suicides and attempts. this gentleman is a loose cannon.
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>> supervisor kim: are there any other public comment on this item? seeing none public comment is closed. (gavel) i want to thank all of the commissions and the veterans affairs commission that came today. i do want to acknowledge that we do have four women on the veterans affairs commission. that's great. we lost one. with this new seed that is opening, i hope that we can recruit more women as well. commissioner guy? i like to see the balance come up again. my colleagues at the previous rules committee, i was impressed by lee barnett; i
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appreciate your organizing work that he does as a student at city college; i know he will transfer to uc berkeley. he is engaged and active in organizing another young vets who are attending higher education; also impressed with michael mofey who works at the da office and has attended every single veterans affairs commission in the past i don't know how long. he has been an active member, and is a strong relationship with many of the commissioners here. i do want to see more diversity of course, not just women, young people, people of color. i know there are several other applicants. i do hear from the commissioners, about john gallagher. he has done his ba in social work, dissertation on homeless among veterans.
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many are in the district i represent. is a tragedy that after you serve we often wind up with an and women who end up on our streets after the service. he can provide a valuable perspective as well. are there any other thoughts? >> i can move your recommendation to move forward. >> repeat those three names again. >> first is lee barnett, in the city colleges seven ; the second is john gallagher. seat 6 is not limited to the description as long as one member has a physical disability related. michale mofey.
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>> and having to support this. >> emily burnett, michael mofey. (gavel) madam clerk can you call item number four. >> appointing one member to the market and -- advisory committee. >> supervisor kim: thank you. is nicholas wolf here? same format. talk briefly about your background as it relates to the market octavia. and your interest in serving and the areas that you might be interested in working on. >> certainly. thank you supervisors. i appreciate this opportunity to come before you today for this appointment, the market
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octavia community advisory committee. and currently the manager of small business services at lgbt community services. a lot of my businesses community services where i am typically 9-to-5, if not longer. i do a background in urban studies. i am interested in land-use planning and transportation. field right now that the way san francisco's growing this is a really pivotal time for the city. i recognize the importance of his body, the community advisory committee. previous to my role at the lgbt center, i was the director of vv boone, in the visitation
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valley. i work closely with the -- committee advisory committee, and gave me a good sense of the role and function of these by display and how important it is to get the right people involved to see what the community needs. zone two of the -- redevelopment area was the leland bayshore commercial corridor where i worked. i frequently was doing presentations to the cac [sounds like] and getting input from them on a lot of the commercial quarter revitalization activities and objectives. i have a real connection to their area in the lgbt center. i very much would like to see a lot of entrepreneurs, people i work with, local small businesses, occupy a lot of the commercial space that i know will be created along market
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street coming up. i know small business development, and small business retention has been identified as a priority by the cac, and the upper market plan. i have worked closely with-- the cbd, the castro cbd, and i know that we can make this happen. i look forward to working towards is objectives. i am also, as an employee of the lgbt center, and a supporter of lgbt culture i want to ensure that disappointment with the in a position to be a champion of that culture. i know that is important to the fabric of that neighborhood, and that area. i want to work to support that. i know that it is more important than ever coming up with the projected growth that
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is going to be taking place. i know the neighborhood there are issues, affordable housing is no doubt a major issue. i know that the cac along with myself i very much aware of the need to have a good mix of housing. and as well as pedestrian access and safety. every day i walk form -- avenue to octavia to go to the center, to go to work. when i get to work as it in an office that overlooks the market octavia intersection. i have a good sense of how nasty of an intersection that is an allowed the dangers that occur with the automobiles and cyclists and pedestrians converging. i am committed to not only improving the pedestrian experience but making it a safer experience as well.
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this is an opportunity. i am looking forward to it. you have any questions? >> supervisor kim: i do have some questions. i'm happy to hear some of your thoughts around small businesses and of course pedestrian safety. all of those are an integral part of the plan. probably the intent to represent low-income communities. could you speak about some of those issues that you feel would come up in the market octavia plan, and would you like to work on, because i think that is an important aspect of the seat. >> absolutely. i'm not sure i mentioned this before. i do have a background in urban studies. previous to my role in the center i was working in the visitation valley doing work with a small business is down there.
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a lot of those merchants live in the neighborhood. the issue becomes not only providing, working with low income individuals and merchants. people in the neighborhood being able to access the stores on the main street, the commercial corridors, community facilities, resources. a lot of that work with the populations continues today at the center. a lot of them really work to sort of defy the myth of gay affluence. >> supervisor kim: i want to be more specific. specifically low-income communities where they are limited to owning a small business.
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what do you believe would represent the interests of low income individuals? one of those things that are important advocate, issues important to the committee? >> i know that a lot of the community impact fees assessed on the developers, there are limits and requirements for these developers with regards to affordable housing of these new developments. i would like to see those requirements exceeded if at all possible. with regard to a lot of the residents, and some of the rsos in existence on market street, i will like to work to improve some of the infrastructure
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surrounding them. i know that there is an rso at 12th and market that i walk by everyday. >> supervisor kim: construction? >> yes. there are opportunities to improve the built environment that surrounds those sros. i think that in mix of housing and population, we want to improve the character and a lot of fabric. i want to work to bring in this population growth and advocate for individuals that have been there for a while, that they will stay